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In the first volume of this epic new series, Alison Weir strips away centuries of romantic mythology and prejudice to reveal the lives of England's queens in the century after the Norman Conquest. Beginning with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in 1066, to the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to that end, the five Norman queens emerge as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters.

©2017 Alison Weir (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Known for best-selling historical biographies, Alison Weir is in command of her detail." (Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail)
"Weir has a shrewd sense of what will seize the imagination of the keen historical amateur." (The Independent)

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  • BookWorm
  • 11-01-17

Fascinating book but at times difficult to listen

The narrator chops the phrases with strong accent on some syllables and sharp unmelodic intonation. This could be irritating and distracting at times... Towards the end I wasn't noticing this as much but found it difficult to immerse into the story because of this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • 10-02-17

EXCELLENT ENJOYABLE HISTORICAL MEDIEVAL QUEENS

This is an excellent book for anyone who loves English history and as usual is based on the primary source materials Weir researches for the backgrounds of these UK Queens. Narrated clearly and pleasing which helps to keep the interest flowing.

A book for both those with an interest in royal history and whom are academic. Enjoyable and written with a storyline not just a book of historical information.

A long book; so be prepared for weeks of pleasurable informative listening. I love it.

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  • J. G.
  • 11-18-17

Excellent

Weir achieves a balance between detailed treatment of the 'emotional lives' of five Queens and critical appraisals of her primary sources. A book to be read (and reread) for a deeper appreciation of these women in their time.

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